Cinema: Machochists

BARBAROSA

Directed by Fred Schepisi

Written by William D. Wittliff

THE CHALLENGE Directed by John Frankenheimer Screenplay by Richard Maxwell and John Sayles

For a tough-guy movie hero these days, it doesn't matter whether he can dish it out; he has to be able to take it. He must be a Zen stoic who overdoses on pain in order to prove himself to himself. In Barbarosa, Willie Nelson lies placidly in his own new grave; he cauterizes his own stomach wound with flaming gunpowder; an enemy's bullet creases his cheek—not a word, not a whine,...

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